Emsworth News 2015

Updated: 29 December 2015   

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21st December

Joyful carol singing around Emsworth’s lobster pot Christmas tree

LOOKING out over the harbour in which volunteers risk their lives to save those in danger at sea, the Emsworth community gathered to sing and raise money for a vital charity.

The RNLI benefited from Saturday’s carol service around the unique lobster pot Christmas tree on the Mill Pond, Emsworth.

Singing was led by Emsworth Village Voices choir and around 200 people joined in.  They were served delicious lobster bisque provided free by award-winning restaurant 36 On The Quay during the break.  The event was organised by Emsworth Business Association.

Alistair Gibson, from the EBA, said: ‘It was a resounding success – Emsworth at it’s very best.

 ‘We have this wonderful Christmas tree and felt we had to make the most of it. We couldn’t have done it without the support of the Slipper Sailing Club as it’s on their land, and 36 On The Quay which donated the delicious lobster bisque.

‘It was the last Saturday before Christmas and everyone was feeling very festive. It was lovely.’

The was lots of delicious local produce and artisan food and drink on sale at the Christmas market in South Street car park.

Chantelle Williams runs Fresh From the Boat with fisherman husband Pete.  They are one of the businesses to benefit from the lobster pots sponsored by members of the public.

She said: ‘It’s been so lovely. I can’t believe how well the projects by the EBA brought the community together. It’s just fantastic.’

Havant MP Alan Mak joined in the carols too.  He said: ‘It was a really great community event for Christmas.

‘The atmosphere was buzzing.’


The News 21st December



14th December

Lottery bid to make Emsworth a ‘tourist leader’ to boost economy after bank closures


Two of town’s three banks have closed in the past two years but town is hugely succesful at putting on events. Now festival founder is bidding for National Lottery cash to make Emsworth a maritime destination promoting its history. Over the past two years Emsworth has lost all but one of its banks leading to concern about footfall through the high street.

There’s a fascinating historical sequence of events which we can document to show what brought about these fundamental changes which affected businesses and in turn the residents and fortunes of Emsworth

Now Mark Ringwood, the founder of successful arts festival WemsFest, has come up with a plan to encourage tourists into Emsworth by celebrating its maritime history – and giving the economy a boost.  A bid for £90,000 has been made to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Mr Ringwood should find out whether he has been successful early in the new year.

He said: ‘We hope it will create greater footfall in Emsworth following the closure of two of the three high street banks.

‘The arts can play a major role in initiating projects which can benefit both businesses and residents alike in both the short and long term.

‘We warmly support the initiatives shown by the Emsworth Business Association and feel that our aim of turning Emsworth into a maritime heritage destination can bring real benefits which will see a greater footfall of visitors from outside the area.

‘Our project application to Heritage Lottery fund is for funding to commemorate the past 400 years of the harbour and port as it changed from a very busy trading centre to a place of recreational excellence.

‘There’s a fascinating historical sequence of events which we can document to show what brought about these fundamental changes which affected businesses and in turn the residents and fortunes of Emsworth.’

Mr Ringwood said part of the plan is the creation of a maritime trail digital app, embracing technology to bring the history of the town to life in a creative way.

He added: ‘We believe the overall concept will be a market leader in terms of tourism.  Added to this, we hope to create a pool of qualified guides who will be able to show visitors the maritime importance of Emsworth and the history of relevant buildings.'

‘It will also show the relevance which the playwright and lyricist PG Wodehouse had through the time in which he lived here on an ongoing basis.

‘Should we be successful with the bid we will be staging a number of additional events next June and July which are timed to take advantage of the pre-Americas Cup races in Portsmouth.’

The News 14th November 2015


 28th November

Emsworth gets its own lob-star at Christmas lights switch-on

THE lob-star shone brightly as a community gathered in their hundreds to usher in the festive season.

Emsworth Square and the harbourfront became a magical, winter wonderland last night as the town was bathed in festive light. The highlight was the tree that everyone has been talking about – the lobster pot Christmas tree.

Volunteers have built a Christmas tree on Emsworth quay out of 60 lobster pots.

Each of the pots has been sold by Emsworth Business Association and, when the tree is taken down, they will be given to local fishermen Pete Williams and Kelvin Cole after their pots were destroyed in the bad weather last year.

They are the only local fishermen left of the town’s once-thriving fishing community.  Last night there were cheers as the lobster pot Christmas tree – as well as a traditional Christmas tree in the Square – were lit up.

Emsworth’s youngest school age resident, four-year-old Todd Jones, and one of the town’s oldest residents, Tedd Shannon, joined the Mayor of Havant, Leah Turner, to switch on the lights.  The children’s faces were a picture of excitement as Father Christmas arrived to take a seat in his grotto.

Jackie Branson, from Havant Rotary Club, which supports the event, said: ‘It’s always a great event.

‘It’s the community spirit. Emsworth has it all the way through the year but especially at Christmas time.’

Regarding the town having two trees, Lulu Bowerman, one of the event’s organisers, said: ‘Emsworth has been very spoilt this year. It’s got a double dose of Christmas!’

She added: ‘We hope that people will come down and have their photograph taken with the Christmas tree.

‘Lots of people have got their Christmas trees outside their shops and lots in their windows. People get involved here.

‘It’s been a really good atmosphere and there’s a great traditional feel about it. It’s a great community event and always has been and always will be.’

A carol service was led by the Rev Julie Price and featured some wonderful singing from Emsworth’s primary schools.

On the quay there were a range of festive market stalls, with music provided by the Emsworth Concert Band.

The News 20th November 2015




28th November




A community orchard is taking root after volunteers planted their first apple trees in a field on the Hampshire/West Sussex border.  A total of around 50 residents from Emsworth, on the Hampshire side, and Westbourne, in West Sussex, joined to plant the trees on Saturday. [28 November]


A plan to create an orchard was launched more than three years ago by local environmental campaign Greening Westbourne. A group of volunteers has been working to put the plan into action.  Now the first eight trees, about five feet high, have been planted. They will be joined by eight more in January, with the first crop expected in the autumn. The group also plans to plant other types of fruit tree, such as pears, plums and apricots. The goal is to have 50 or 60 trees eventually, with benches nearby.


The site is at Hampshire Farm Meadows, the new public open space next to the Redlands Grange housing development in Emsworth.  Westbourne Beavers, Cubs and Scouts turned out in force for the planting, and local tree surgeon Mike Reed lent his expertise.  Richard Hitchcock, of Greening Westbourne, said: "It's wonderful to have trees in the ground after a lot of hard work finding a site, getting some initial funding and recruiting a team to make it happen.


"Our idea is to help preserve traditional fruit varieties and help local people, especially children, get a bit closer to the earth. Growing food reminds us that it doesn't always have to be flown thousands of miles across the world.


"We hope the orchard will be an attractive feature of Hampshire Farm Meadows, and something our two communities – Emsworth and Westbourne – can enjoy together.


"We're very grateful to Havant Borough Council, who worked with us to get the project off the ground, along with site developers Bloor Homes and Bellway Homes. We're also very thankful to the Tree Council who gave us a grant to get us started.


"We now need to find more funding to complete the orchard."


The group hopes one way of raising funds will be by residents sponsoring trees, perhaps to mark a family event or remember a loved one.   Anyone who wants to get involved with the community orchard or with Greening Westbourne can email greeningwestbourne@hotmail.co.uk





20th November

Poppy collection tin stolen from Emsworth church

An Emsworth church has launched an appeal for help after thieves stole a poppy collection tin filled with donations for the Royal British Legion.  The collection tin was stolen from St James’ Church in Emsworth between Sunday, November 8 and Tuesday, November 10.  Churchwarden Tony Harris was devastated by the theft.


“The Armistice Day service has taken place in our church for 85 years,” said Tony.

"We had around 400 people in the church for the 3pm service on Sunday. “The poppy box was full.  We are not sure exactly when it went missing - I noticed the money box was missing on Tuesday.  We have now started a recompense collection for the Royal British Legion.”

Anyone who has any further information is asked to contact police on 101, Tony on 01243 372029 or by email tonychurchwarden@live.co.uk

The Chichester Observer 20th November






18th November

Friday 13th November proved a lucky day for Southbourne


Four Hundred tiny trees were planted in our tree nursery the first stage of the Green Ring. The saplings, provided by the Woodland 'Trust, will be nurtured until  sites around the village are available for planting.  Read More....








17th November


Emsworth Runners up in the Harvest Heroes Competition 2015


To misquote Oscar Wilde completely, to be the winner of the Harvest Heroes Competition in 2014 should be regarded as an achievement; to come runner up this year could be seen as extraordinary. Emsworth, has once again punched way above its weight on a national level and has inspired many other communities. The Harvest Heroes Competition is orgranised by Love British Food in conjunction with The Telegraph as part of British Food Fortnight and seeks to acknowledge the people who organise the most imaginative and inclusive celebrations of local food and the harvest.

“This year’s winners were Peterborough with a collaboration between local farmers, producers, artists, restauranteurs, allotmenteers and the local community while the small coastal town of Emsworth, last year’s winner, came a very close second with another awe-inspiring effort that reached even further into the local community and beyond.”

The winners were chosen by a panel of judges led by The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Raymond Blanc and his son Olivier. Raymond Blanc said: “Once again, having to judge these awards has been a difficult task. The entries have been so strong – each one has had such a positive effect on those involved. What we are witnessing here is a revolution – not a French Revolution, but a very British one! We are reconnecting with food as part of our culture and our everyday life.”

For Emsworth, British Food Fortnight is the perfect way to showcase its food heritage and show just what a great ‘foodie’ destination it really is. The Emsworth Business Association, in conjunction with other local organisations, was keen to build on last year, adding more events and making it even more accessible to more members of the community. The emphasis this year was very much focused on: Education, Community and Celebration.

Using these themes, the Emsworth British Food Fortnight wanted to encourage a wide range of events, encompassing as many people of all ages and backgrounds as possible to take part and involving many local businesses and groups. Some of the highlights this year included –

Bringing home the harvest…. to the town square - Saturday 19th – Friday 25th September

In association with Barfoots of Botley we created a small field in Emsworth Square complete with scarecrow and planted sweet corn, courgettes and peppers.

The ‘Great British Menu’ College Lunches - 3 local catering colleges took over the Brookfield Hotel and designed, prepared and served a ‘Great British Menu.’

Emsworth Apple Pressing Day - A real community event, local apples producing ‘Emsworth Apple Press 2015’ in the Square. This included a competition with the pupils of 3 local primary schools to design the label for this year’s Apple Press. The winning label adorned all the containers.

EAT! Healthy -A showcase of local ‘Well Being” practitioners focusing on health through food. At this event we offered free talks on Healthy Eating from several local experts on diet as well as the opportunity for visitors to talk to local practitioners and producers.

Creative Writing for Foodies -Emsworth British Food Fortnight Creative Writing workshop. Led by Lizzie Chittleboro, a local author and held at the organic farm Tuppenny Barn.

A ‘Thought for Food’ Local Showcase Market - A real local market, involving local producers, cookery demonstrations, a Market Safari, a showcase of Hampshire Vineyards, an entertainment area hosted a Punch and Judy Show as well as an ‘Apple Box’ Speaker Corner allowing people to come and read poems or stories about food.

Taking the Harvest to Primary Schools - In conjunction with Hampshire Farmers’ Market we hosted Food Education Classes in the 3 local primary schools.

‘A Boost of Kindness’  -Working with The Beacon Food Bank to build a ‘Food Mountain’ by having Food Bank Collection points located in Emsworth over the Fortnight for people to donate food items. The Food Mountain was built and then donated at an open air Interdenominational Harvest Festival.

“To be runners up this year, having been winners last year is a remarkable achievement for Emsworth and in many ways even more of an achievement given the national interest. There is no doubt in my mind that people are so much more interested today in food, where it comes from and who produces it, the great thing of course is that food is after all a language we all speak. When you can combine that with a strong community and a place that has a very real food heritage then you have a pretty near perfect recipe for success.  However it’s so important to recognise that we need to keep going - local producers and our independent high street need our continuing support to ensure they are available next year and the year after and into the future for today’s young people” Alistair Gibson, member of the organising committee of Emsworth British Food Fortnight 2015/

"Three years ago we set out to encourage people to connect with the food in their local area. Today the competition has surpassed all expectations - every entry is imaginative and inspiring and, most importantly, wide reaching with an educational message. Emsworth Food Fortnight has inspired these new contenders, each one of which is having a very real impact on their own communities.”  Alexia Robinson, Founder of Love British Food.

The organisers are indebted to the following for their support and advice for this years event – Barfoots of Botley,

The Southern Co-operative, The Brookfield Hotel, Havant Borough Council, Henry Adams Estate Agents, Hambledon Vineyard, Hampshire Farmers Market, Bishops Printers, Monster Creative, Hampshire Fare, Fine & Country.

Emsworth Business Association 17th November 2015


13th November

Risk of flooding in Emsworth is significantly reduced by £300,000 scheme

THE chances of 54 homes and a railway line being submerged under floodwater have been significantly reduced thanks to a £300,000 scheme.

The News and Havant MP Alan Mak were given an exclusive tour of the work on farmland to the north of the A27 between Havant and Emsworth.

It comes after years of campaigning by residents in Emsworth following several floods, including Christmas 2012 when several homes in Selangor Avenue were swamped.

Engineers from the Environment Agency have designed a simple but effective water storage system at Nore Farm.

The first part of the scheme was to reduce the size of the culvert – a pipe – that runs under the A27.

It was 1.2m wide – which let through large volumes of fast-flowing water – but that channel has now been reduced to 12.5cm-wide.

The natural undulations on the farmland will act as a water storage area during storms.

Embankments have been built up along the Nore Farm stream to stop flooding on the nearby railway line.

It has been separated from the West Brook – another nearby watercourse – and this has reduced the flood risk in Bridge Road, Emsworth.

Field operations team leader Gareth Bates said: ‘We are holding the water back here where it is just going to flood some farmland temporarily.

‘The water sits here and gradually feeds it through, so you don’t get these tidal waves of water when it rains heavily.’

Mr Mak said: ‘The flood alleviation scheme is good news for Emsworth, giving residents and businesses more protection. I enjoyed seeing the flood defences first hand, and congratulate our local councillors, community groups and the Environment Agency for their hard work.’

He said he would be lobbying for continued investment.

The scheme was designed by engineer Asad Abbas and came under budget, meaning £200,000 of the £500,000 could be given back to Defra.

The News 13th November



12th November

Support this Emsworth Life – Lobster Pot Christmas Tree 2015


The pretty coastal town of Emsworth with its array of independent shops and renowned restaurants, pubs and award winning food events is widely recognised as a destination for food lovers. There is little doubt that Emsworth is a unique place, positioned at the top of Chichester Harbour, this picturesque, old fishing town would be just as happy sitting by the sea in Cornwall or even Brittany. The fishing boats and its once famous oyster industry may not be quite the size they once were, but Emsworth still values its links to the sea and in the last few years there have been several initiatives to highlight its fishing heritage.


The ‘Emsworth Lobster Pot Christmas Tree’ is an opportunity to support the local fisherman as well as contributing to a unique Christmas Tree the like of which has never been seen in the region before.


·         Buy a Lobster Pot through the Emsworth Business Association for £35

·         Your pot will be used to help build a unique Lobster Pot Christmas Tree on the Quay

·         The tree will be unveiled on Friday 27th November as part of the Emsworth Christmas Lights evening

·         When the tree is taken down after Christmas, your pot (s) will be donated to local Emsworth Fishermen to help support and sustain the fishing industry.

·         The first lobster caught in the pot that you bought will then be given to you with complete instructions on how to cook and prepare it.


Why do we need to support our local fishermen?


Emsworth is renowned for its fishing families over generations. We are now left with two fishers, Kelvin Cole and Peter Williams. Peter and his wife Chantelle have taken fishing to another level trying to ensure that as much as their catch physically possible stays locally. Most of their catch is now sold locally to local butchers, farm shops, restaurants, food produce markets and through their very own community supported fishery, where you can get fresh fish caught that day direct from them for only £6 per kilo. The food miles have been reduced hugely as previously most of their catch was shipped abroad. They fish using sustainable methods and their whole ethos is about reconnecting the local community with fresh fish, they spend a lot of time working with the community delivering presentations on how to descale, gut, clean and cook fresh fish.  We are so lucky to be part of the Solent and in a mixed fishery, your local boats bring in Bass, Bream, Dover Sole, Mullet, Plaice, Crab, Lobster and so much more, the variety is endless.

You may see them from time to time, dragging the fish boxes down the quay, but its not all easy, they face day to day challenges. It’s a lonely, dangerous place to be, they have to fish with very little quotas, fish in all weathers and work 18 hour days with the exception of Christmas.

February 2014 saw some horrific storms causing some terrible damage locally and nationally, for the local fishers it caused Kelvin’s boat to sink on its mooring and Peter lost all his whelk, cuttle and lobster pots, something that was unable to be replaced.

Replacing the lobster pots through the Emsworth Lobster Pot Christmas Tree would make a huge difference, ensuring they have another fishery to access.



“This is a tradition that has been taking place in the fishing communities of New England over the last few decades. It seemed like a great idea to highlight and support both Emsworth’s fishing heritage as well as its reputation as a food destination. It’s not been without its challenges, building a lobster pot Christmas trees is not something we thought we’d ever do, but its really caught peoples imagination and once again shows Emsworth coming together to both support the local community – in this case the fishing community - and also to celebrate together. Sitting on Emsworth Quay it’s going be add a very unique touch to our festive celebrations.”

Alistair Gibson, Emsworth Business Assoc. 


·         Emsworth’s Lobster pot Christmas Tree will be unveiled at the annual Christmas Lights and arrival of Father Christmas evening on Friday 27th November.

·         It will be situated on Emsworth Quay throughout December – our thanks to Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club for their support of this project.


How to take part


 We need approximately 60 lobster pots so come and support this initiative and be part of something really quite unique. This is a real community project so please take part if you can.


An application form can be downloaded – From the website – www.Emsworth.org.uk


Application forms are also available at H.H. Treagust & Sons - Butchers


Or please contact please contact


Alistair Gibson on –


Email - Info@emsworth.org.uk

Mobile- 07712 669973



9th November

Emsworth Business Association announce 'Emsworth Life - ONE day' - Photographic Competition

Emsworth is unique So help us showcase our sense of place and community in ‘Emsworth Life – ONE day’.We are looking for anyone with a camera to capture Emsworth, its heritage, its people and its day-to-day life.

‘Emsworth Life – ONE day’ is a monthly photographic competition open to anyone – see full list of entry rules here. Each month over the next 12 months, commencing in November, people can enter a photograph or photographs of Emsworth Life. Each month our panel of judges will select a winning entry, and the winner will receive a bottle of Hambledon Classic Cuvee as well as being the official picture of the month in question for an Emsworth Life Calendar being produced for 2017. There will thus be 12 winners and the judges will also choose one overall winner from the 12 for the cover image of the calendar.

Celebrating P.G. Woodehouse The calendar will be professionally produced and go on sale locally in November 2016, all profits from the calendar will be put towards the proposed sculpture and bench celebrating the life of P.G. Woodehouse in Emsworth. It is hoped that this feature will increase awareness of Emsworth’s heritage as well as becoming a major tourist draw.

‘Emsworth Life – ONE day’ is being run in association with The News, whose Images Editor, Sarah Standing, is part of our judging panel. Winning entries will be unveiled in The News on a monthly basis as well as appearing on www.emsworth.org.uk.

 Submit your entries now! Entries can be submitted via the following means -

Email: oneday@emsworth.org.uk
Hard copy: The Blue Bell Inn, South Street, Emsworth
Twitter: #EmsworthLifeONEday  or tag us @EmsworthLife

Each entry should include - contact details, month of entry for the image and a short caption. Entries for each month must be submitted by midnight on the final day of each month and winners will be announced in the second week of each month in The News.

Our Judging panel are poised and ready! John Tweddell – Chair, local renowned photographer, Carol Price – Local artist and Chair of the Emsworth Arts Trial, Sarah Standing – Images Editor - The News and Zak Kara – Committee Member of the Emsworth Business Association

Emsworth Business Association 9th November 2015





27th October


Last year, BBC Children in Need raised a record breaking £32.6 million, where the charity helps change the lives of disabled children and young people throughout the UK. This year, the UK charity is hoping to smash that record and Goodwood is playing its part by hosting a fantastic Glow Walk around the iconic Goodwood Motor Circuit on Friday 13 November from 6:15pm.

Fundraisers are invited to the family fun event and light up the motor circuit for a night of neon as each participant will be offered bright glow sticks to help raise money for Children in Need.

About the Walk

There are two options for this fun-filled, atmospheric event; for the more athletic among us, the evening will commence with a 4.5 mile power walking lap (there will be a strict minimum pace of 5mph), followed by a more leisurely family lap. For each walker a glow pack will be provided to ensure you light up the night with glow sticks, necklaces and bracelets!

Entry for the walk is £15 per person and will also include a glow pack, with all profits from the event going to Children in Need. To register please contact the team on 01243 520114 or visit the reception desk at The Goodwood Health Club.  Parking - Parking will be at the Goodwood Motor Circuit with gates opening from 5.45pm.

For further information, please contact the team on 01243 520114



22nd October

Chichester Harbour Conservancy awards £30,000 to local groups


This week, £30,000 was awarded to eleven projects in the Chichester Harbour area that collectively help to deliver sustainable development. The funding, provided by DEFRA and allocated by Chichester Harbour Conservancy, is targeted at initiatives that support community development, grow the local economy, and enhance the natural environment.


The Conservancy is committed to encouraging access to the water, and several projects that promote enjoyment of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty were approved. The Langstone Cutters Gig Club received £3,000 contribution to the purchase of a Gig and the Hayling Island Sailing Club Community Youth Sailing Scheme was given £2,000 for new sailing equipment for their Thursday Club.  Cobnor Activities Centre Trust received a grant of £4,000 to purchase some new kayaks whilst the 1st Southbourne Sea Scouts were awarded £3,500 to put towards new dinghies. The operating committee for the Victorian Oyster Boat Terror, now managed by volunteers, was awarded £1,000 to help with the marketing of their public trips in 2016.


Projects on the land received support.  Two all-terrain wheelchairs were purchased by West Wittering Estate with a grant of £3,705, enabling greater access to the coastline for those with limited mobility. Grants were also awarded to the Chichester and District Archaeology Society for £1,502 and the Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network for £4,000, both of which will help local communities to better understand and look after the cultural heritage of the Harbour. The Friends of Nore Barn Woods were given £4,000 towards the protection of the woods with new shoreline defences.


To facilitate outdoor learning, Southbourne Infant School was provided with £2,316 to fund a yurt and Christian Youth Enterprises received a contribution of £977 towards an all-weather adventure activity they are planning.


Councillor Roger Price, Chairman of Chichester Harbour Conservancy, said, “I would like to thank everyone who has applied for funding. The £30,000 that we have awarded has been matched with £80,000 from other sources to support these community initiatives. In these challenging times for the public sector, we are stretching every penny as far as it can go, and I delighted that we have been able to fund such a wide range of projects”.


Whilst the funds from the Conservancy have now been fully allocated, a new 5-year scheme recently opened for new applications. The Sussex Downs and Coastal Plain LEADER programme are offering grants of between £2,500 and £50,000 to help create jobs, develop rural businesses, and support the local economy. Further details can be found at www.businesswestsussex.co.uk.



21st October

Farewell to Emsworth gas holder with silent disco

IT IS an iconic structure which has dominated Emsworth’s skyline for more than 80 years but in just a few weeks’ time the gas holder, off Palmers Road, will be demolished.

On Friday and Saturday night residents will have the chance to say farewell as a silent disco is held on the pavement while images of the gas works are beamed on to it.

Organised by WemsFest founder Mark Ringwood, the images will be accompanied by industrial music by the likes of Kraftwerk and Pink Floyd.   It begins at 8pm on both nights and will last for an hour. For information email wemsfest@btinternet.com 


The News 21st October




October 19th


Emsworth hospital site consultation

RESIDENTS of Emsworth can have their say on the future of a former hospital.

The Emsworth Forum has launched a consultation on what should happen to the site of the Victoria Cottage Hospital, which closed down in 2013 after operating continuously for 115 years.

A report commissioned by the forum on how to improve North Street included three options for the site, including: a two-and-a-half storey building to house Emsworth Surgery; a three-storey building for Emsworth Surgery and space for community healthcare; or a three-and-a-half-storey building for Emsworth Surgery and space for housing.

Residents can give their feedback on the plans online at entiment360.com/emsworth-hospital.

The News 19th October




October 16th


his Christmas in the Emsworth area you dont have to be alone.


Members of the local community are coming together on Christmas Day to offer companionship , laughter, festive food and entertainment for anyone on their own on that day.


The organiser,, Jessica Bateman is a local resident and has a team to offer a free Christmas day celebration in the heart of Emsworth .This project has been born out of the recognition that Christmas day can be a lonely day for many and a belief that no one should  be alone on that day.


It is a chance for people to make new friends creating bonds in the community that can last beyond a single day. Come and enjoy other people's company Share the true meaning of Christmas with others.

Anyone on their own can come, its not dependent on age or religion , you may be retired ,bereaved , separated or simply alone.


We are looking for volunteers on the day and in the run up to the event who want to join in the fun and contribute to its success. Help is needed with transport to and from the venue , helping in the kitchen, serving Xmas dinner, carol singing ,making teas and joining in the entertainment.


This is the second year and the organisers are again looking for support from local businesses and residents to donate food and money. This is a non  profit event.


The day will involve transport to and from the event if needed ,a full Christmas dinner as well  Christmas carols .You can watch the Queen and play a festive team quiz


Do you know anyone who would enjoy this day .Those alone can be quite isolated and need encouragement .To nominate someone ,to volunteer ,to contribute or if you have any other queries e-mail j.bateman@yahoo.com or telephone 07955-375103. or ssnharvey@aol.com   07792-722726.





1st October


Footpath saved from the sea!

The footpath near Paynes Boatyard and Thornham Marina has been saved from the sea, following urgent repairs to the concrete sea wall.
The wall was heavily cracked and had become very weak, due to years of defending the footpath from winter storms. Part of the footpath was in real danger of being lost if the weakened wall had failed to protect it from the sea this winter. This is a very busy path as it leads south towards Thorney Island – a popular route for walkers and bird watchers – and would have been a great loss.
The land has no registered owner so the project was undertaken and paid for by Chichester Harbour Conservancy. Hundreds of concrete bags were placed along a 10m stretch of the sea wall to strengthen it and the opportunity was taken to resurface 13m of the footpath at the same time. With the work now complete, walkers will continue to enjoy the footpath for many years to come.







  23rd September


Emsworth mum is small biz lifeline


A multi-talented Emsworth mum is planning to use her skills to help out other busy business parents.


Vanessa Junginger has just launched a personal assistant company with a difference.  Trading as Pink Spaghetti, the mum-of-three will sell her time and experience by the hour to local small business owners, consultants, freelancers and home owners.


“Basically, it's pay as you go," she said. "There’s a burgeoning number of micro-businesses across the Emsworth and Chichester area, many of which operate from people’s homes and are not in a position to employ a full time or even part time assistant.


 “That is where I come in. I can take over the tasks that no business owner enjoys, from managing their social media to decluttering, book-keeping and creating newsletters. Pink Spaghetti exists to take away the leg work from a business owner and give them more time to spend on the parts of their business that they love.


“I believe I am unique in that I offer small businesses as many hours of support as they want, without making them commit to a regular contract”


Vanessa is no stranger to running her own business. Until recently, she was the brains behind Cafecruises, which offered boat picnics in Chichester Harbour. Prior to that, she worked in training and education.  Mum to an 11 year old and two teenagers, Vanessa anticipates that many of her Pink Spaghetti clients will also be working mums, juggling businesses and domestic tasks throughout the day.


 “This is my life too!” she said “and I completely understand if someone wants me to seek out a venue for a child's party, eBay items for them, or find a reliable cleaner".


Vanessa can be contacted on 0333 355 0267 or email her at: vanessaj@pink-spaghetti.co.uk '




8th September


Best of British apples will be celebrated at Emsworth British Food Fortnight

TASTY apples will be celebrated as part of Emsworth British Food Fortnight.   St Peter’s Square will be getting its own handmade apple press, where people can take along as many apples as they like from their gardens during what is expected to be a bumper harvest.

The apples will be pressed on Sunday, September 26, and made into Emsworth Apple Presse 2015 which will be available to take home on the day.

Following on from its success last year, organisers say they are delighted St. James’, Westbourne and Emsworth primary schools are taking part in a competition to design the label for this year’s apple presse.

The winning design will be unveiled on the day and all entries will be available to view in Emsworth Library and Henry Adams Estate Agents.

Last year’s winner, Joe Russell, from St. James’ Primary School, not only had his design on the label, but is also the young person featured on the cover of this year’s A number of groups are assisting with the organisation of the day. Havant Rotary Club will be providing stewards as well as a service where people who cannot make it to the apple press can have their apples collected. Greening Westbourne, a local group which is planning a community orchard in Westbourne, will also be in St Peter’s Square on the day.

Emsworth Presse 2015 will be free of charge but the Emsworth Business Association is this year supporting The Rosemary Foundation to which people can make a donation.

Giles Babb, chairman of the business association, said: ‘This is has become an annual event in Emsworth’s calendar involving so many different parts of the community – from young to old. It’s another example of Emsworth coming together and enjoying itself while celebrating its food heritage.’

It starts at 10am and finishes at 1pm.  Emsworth British Food Fortnight runs from September 19.  For more information go to www.emsworth.org.uk .


The News 8th September 2015



1st September



Emsworth Show is a big success


MORRIS dancers, fabulous flowers and dancing horses made for what has been called one of the best Emsworth shows in years.

The annual extravaganza by Emsworth Horticultural Society saw less entries in the plants, fruit and vegetable competitions than normal but the quality was just as high.  Thousands of people gathered at Horndean Road recreation ground to enjoy the entertainment, which included the Homestead Dog Training Club, equestrian events and live music. Although yesterday started off wet, the sun was out by late afternoon.

Graham Steel is the show chairman. He said: ‘It went remarkably well considering the terrible start.

‘At one point we didn’t know whether we could go ahead, the ground was so heavy with rain.

It’s thanks to our tremendous volunteers – all 200 of them. ‘They’ve all pitched in to make it very special

Graham Steel But we did and, happily, we’ve been proved right.

‘It’s thanks to our tremendous volunteers – all 200 of them.  They’ve all pitched in to make it very special. The quality of the entries in the horticultural show is very high. I would say it’s probably the best in the county.’

Amie Crews, from Emsworth, enjoyed the day with her young family.

She said: ‘Last year was almost a wash out, which was such a shame.  But, as they say, the show must go on, and this year is probably the best I have been to in terms of size, variety and a nice mix of stands.’

There were live music performances all day, lots of entertainment for the children and fundraisng for Paul Newman’s Over the Wall charity with home made cakes and biscuits. And visitors could even handle birds of prey.


The News Tuesday 1st September





15th August


Food celebration a boost for community

STRUGGLING families will benefit directly from a celebration of local produce.  The Emsworth British Food Fortnight begins in a few weeks and the success of last year’s event has meant an even bigger boost to the local food bank.   More than a ton of produce was donated to the Beacon Food Bank in Havant, and, inspired by the public’s generosity, Southern Co-operative has agreed to continue the giving year-round.

Alistair Gibson, one of the organisers of the Food Fortnight, which begins on September 19, said: ‘We are delighted that the Southern Co-operative has decided to position a permanent food bank donation point in store and continue to allow Emsworth residents to support this worthwhile group. Three additional food bank collection points will be in place at the Pastoral Centre, the Baptist Church and the Southern Co-operative in Westbourne.’

This year’s open-air inter-denominational Harvest Festival takes place in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday October 4 at 11.30am.   As well as celebrating the harvest, it will see the culmination of this year’s event and the donating of Emsworth’s food mountain.

Ruth Scott is from Beacon Food Bank. She said: ‘We were overwhelmed with the generosity of the Emsworth community during the last Food Fortnight. 

‘The Methodist Church collects permanently for us anyway but now, due to public requests, the Southern Co-operative is also positioning a permanent donation point in store. 

‘This demonstrates the level of support in Emsworth and is a direct result of our involvement in the Food Fortnight.’

As well as the food bank there will be educational experiences for schools and colleges, markets, offers in restaurants, cafes and pubs and an apple pressing


Emsworth Food Fortnight showcases the best in local produce. For information go to emsworth.org.uk.

Emsworth British Food Fortnight begins September 19th.  It is a celebration of the best local produce, educates young people about food snd supports a year-round food collections have been established for local food bank


The News Saturday 15 August








15th August


Emsworth residents learn of plan to knock their homes down


DAYS after reassuring residents’ their homes would not be sold, a housing association instead said it planned to knock them down.

The Hyde Group plans to demolish half of the homes at Woodfield Park, in Emsworth, building 17 houses and bungalows in their place for sale.

Bob Stone, 65, will lose his home of 16 years.

 “We’ve got to be philosophical,” said Mr Stone.

 “There’s nothing we can do to stop it. We’ve got to grin and bear it.”

He has been told he will be able to move across the street to another Hyde property also planned to undergo refurbishment, although he will have to downsize from a two-bed flat to a one-bed flat.

“I’ve spent 16 years getting the place together, I’m now 65 and I’ve got to start again. I’m not very happy,” said Mr Stone.

“They’re offering us displacement money and the money for new carpets and curtains.

 “It still doesn’t make up for the fact that I’ve got to start over again with the garden.”

He said the idea of refurbishing some of the homes was for residents whose homes were being demolished to be able to move across the road and stay in the street.

“I will definitely want to move over the other side, I don’t want to leave Emsworth,” he said.

“It’s a lovely part of the country and I’ve got plenty of friends here so I don’t want to leave.”

He said plans still had to be finalised, with Hyde expected to approach Chichester District Council for planning permission to knock down the buildings and build new ones.

The Observer approached the Hyde Group for a comment but a spokeswoman said it had nothing to add to the statement it gave when the Observer approached it in July to ask what the future held for the residents.

On July 20, regional director Chyrel Brown said: “I’d like to reassure residents of Woodfield Park that it is not our intention to sell the land.

“We do want to talk to them about the future of their homes and that is why we’ve written to residents on an individual basis to arrange appointments. We look forward to consulting with them.”


Chichester Observer 14th August





14th August


Plan to close Emsworth road for 10 weeks is ditched

Traders speak of relief that North Street is now only likely to close for two days.

Shopkeepers and residents have reacted with relief at the news that North Street in Emsworth will probably close for just two days during the autumn.  As reported, Dusty Lucas, landlord of The Railway Inn in North Street, started a petition as the original plan was for the council to close the road at the railway bridge for 10 weeks. It comes as work must be done to rebuild a dangerous collapsed wall.

At a planning meeting last night at The Plaza in Havant, it emerged the council had secured an experienced contractor which will only need to close the road for a matter of days. The contractor has the skills and equipment to not need to close the road for a long period of time.

However, the cost of the job and who will pay for it is now likely to be the main talking point.

A complete rebuild of the wall would cost Havant Borough Council £130,000, which would have to come from reserves and ultimately taxpayers’ cash.

The council has proposed to rebuild the wall itself because, despite its best efforts, nobody knows who owns the wall.

Meanwhile, the highway authority, Hampshire County Council, is proposing to remove the wall and re-landscape the land behind it – a cheaper option potentially.

However, it is proposing to bill the cost to the residents whose land abuts the wall.

Last night borough councillors voted unanimously to approve rebuilding of the wall to the highest specifications so it would last another 100 years.  But the authority’s Conservative cabinet will have the final say. It will meet on September 2 to decide whether to give the scheme the final go-ahead and decide if the council can afford to carry out the work.

Emsworth councillor Brendan Gibb-Gray said: ‘Whichever option, it’s now going to be a couple of days.

‘The spectre of a long road closure has disappeared.’

But he added: ‘I don’t think we should spend £130,000 repairing someone else’s wall.’

Giles Babb, chairman of Emsworth Business Association, was pleased traders would not be affected by the work. ‘It’s fantastic,’ he said. ‘Ten weeks was basically cutting the village in half. Two days is acceptable.’


The News Friday 14 August





11th August


Chairperson Wanted


Southbourne Age Concern need a new Chairperson John is our secretary and, since 2012, has been acting chair but we really do need to find a permanent chairman.  The Centre in New Road is run by a small committee who meet every 6 weeks.  All our helpers are volunteers, we have no paid staff.  We provide a sociable meeting place where we take pride in providing a friendly welcome.     If you would like to come along and meet us then please do visit on a Wednesday from 10am.  Contact John -  01243 373730 if you would like more details.








7th August


Dates for Great British Menu College Lunches released


Following on from the success of last years award winning Emsworth British Food Fortnight the emphasis this year is very much focused on three key words -  Education, Community &Celebration.

One of the most successful events last year was the Great British College Lunches, which in many ways demonstrates all of these. Emsworth isfortunate to be situated near to three outstanding Colleges of Further Education - South Downs, Highbury and Chichester - which are attended by many of the young people in the community and so with that in mind the Emsworth British Food Fortnight, in association with the Brookfield Hotel is delighted to support ‘The Great British Menu College Lunches”. The initiative gives catering students at the three colleges the opportunity to work for a day in the kitchen and restaurant at the Brookfield Hotel – devising, preparing and serving a 3 course “Great British Menu”. This is a wonderful opportunity for the catering stars of the future and a unique experience for visitors to Emsworth British Food Fortnight – it’s a real a Celebration of young people and their skills and passion for the food industry they are joining.

Monday 21st September - Highbury College
Thursday 24th September - Chichester College
Tuesday 29th September – South Down’s College

These lunches clearly caught the public’s imagination last year and all three sold out – therefore booking is essential

“I am delighted that our catering and hospitality students will be participating in the Great British Menu College Lunch event again this year. The event gives them a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate both their culinary and customer service skills to discerning customers at the Brookfield Hotel. Last year’s students really enjoyed the experience and I know that this year’s students are already looking forward to the challenge! “ Jacqui Smith, Head of Catering, Hospitality and Tourism, South Downs College.

Chichester College is always interested in establishing links with Industry. Working with the kitchen and front of house team, at the Brookfield Hotel, as part of the Emsworth British Fortnight, has become an important partnership, in our hospitality calendar of events. The students gain a valuable insight into a real working environment, building confidence in their practical skills, and helping their future career paths, in the hospitality industry. We are very excited to participate in this event for the second year.” Paul Rennie Lecturer in hospitality. Chichester College

“We’re really looking forward to participating in British Food Fortnight. It was such a huge success last year and work experience in prestigious kitchens and restaurants has long been a feature of our courses, helping our students secure jobs in highly regarded eateries around the world.” Jodie Chamberlain, Restaurant Manager, Highbury College.

“Finding the right position and establishment can take time. When I had the opportunity to experience the service at The Brookfield during Emsworth British Food Fortnight last year, I jumped at it. College takeover was great fun and I enjoyed the challenge. Then, I was over the moon when the Restaurant Manager offered me an opportunity to be part of the Restaurant Team and contribute to its success.” Luke Radice, Head Waiter. Brookfield Hotel – Participant in last years College Lunches.


Emsworth Business Association 7th August




3rd August


Emsworth businesses fear road closure will hit trade


A DEVASTATING impact on trade and traffic chaos are feared as a major road looks set to be closed for almost three months.

Havant Borough Council plans to close North Street, in Emsworth, at the railway bridge for 10 weeks. The work to rebuild a collapsed wall is due to start on September 14.

The road is a busy route for drivers travelling north to south and community leaders fear it will lead to huge traffic congestion at rush hour.

Traffic would be forced to go via Warblington – where there is a level crossing – or via rural roads through Westbourne and Southbourne.

Dusty Lucas, landlord of The Railway Inn in North Street, has started a petition and already has more than 200 signatures. He said: “Pubs are struggling as it is. I would lose my passing trade. No-one goes up a dead-end street.”

Giles Babb, chairman of Emsworth Business Association, said: “It will have a dramatic effect on business. Not only Christmas, it will affect people who live south of the bridge who want to get to St James school.

“It’s a decision that needs to be looked at again. If it was shut for a week, people would say that’s a fair amount of time. But being shut for 10 weeks is critical.”

He added: “Dusty has had a surveyor to look at it and he says the road does not need to be shut.”

A statement from the council said: “During the construction the section of road in front of the wall will be closed to vehicle traffic under the construction and design management regulations legislation for the safety of the contractors on site. However, a footpath will be created which will allow access via this route, but this will need to be closed at certain stages of construction for safety reasons.

“This scheme involves a number of facilities and therefore may take longer than we would like to complete.”

A public meeting has been arranged for 6pm at Emsworth Community Centre on August 19 to discuss the closure.

A planning application regarding re-building the wall will be heard on August 13 from 5pm at The Plaza in Havant.

Chichester Observer 30th August



27th July





On Wednesday 19 August, The Goodwood Health Club, situated in the West Sussex-based Goodwood Hotel, will host a five mile charity run to raise money for local children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House (www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk).   Initiated by the team at The Goodwood Health Club, the run is part of a calendar of charitable events hosted throughout the year which are designed to inspire people to stay fit and healthy whilst raising money for worthy causes.  The event starts at 19:00 (car park open from 18:00) and is open to all, regardless of ability. Participants will spend a midsummers evening taking in the glorious scenery of the Goodwood Estate whilst tackling the iconic Hillclimb - made famous by the multitudes of legendary motor racing heroes who have raced up it over the years.

 Any runners needing re-fuelling after conquering the Hillclimb can tuck into a special celebratory BBQ, created by Executive Head Chef, Mark Forman. Open to all runners, family and friends, Mark and his team will be cooking up a selection of Estate-reared meats, jacket potatoes and salads. Live music and entertainment will be on offer and a share of every sale from the BBQ will go directly to Chestnut Tree House. Make sure you don’t miss out by pre-booking and calling the Hotel directly on 01243 775537.

Chestnut Tree House is the only children's hospice in East and West Sussex and cares for 300 children and young adults from 0-19 years of age with progressive life-limiting conditions who are not expected to reach adulthood. It offers support for the whole family including psychological and bereavement support, end of life and short break care and sibling support.

Saskia V. Droz, General Manager of The Goodwood Hotel said:

"We are really looking forward to hosting this event in support of Chestnut Tree House and hope lots of people will get involved. It currently costs the charity well over £3m each year to provide all the care services, therefore they rely heavily on the generosity and support of donations to help then continue their vital work.”

Registration for the run is £12.00 with proceeds going to Chestnut Tree House. Tickets can be purchased via the Goodwood website. (www.goodwood.com). Spaces are limited to 300 entrants so register early to avoid disappointment. Registration closes on 12 August.




24th July


Chichester Harbour Conservancy staff honoured by national award

Two members of Chichester Harbour Conservancy staff have had their combined 78 years’ service honoured with the Landscapes for Life Award.   This national award from the National Association of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty recognises those who have contributed 20 years or more to the conservation and enhancement of AONBs.


Philip (Sid) Kennett has been the face of Chichester Harbour in Emsworth for 47 years.  Sid says “It’s not work - it’s a way of life and I enjoy every minute of it.  Chichester Harbour AONB is first class. It’s a place where people come to enjoy themselves - it is unique!” 

Sid works principally on the water, helping the yachtsmen to enjoy the Harbour.  In recent years, he has been involved with the operation of two of the Conservancy’s vessels, the oyster boat Terror, and the solar-powered catamaran, Solar Heritage

The feedback he receives on a daily basis is overwhelmingly positive and friendly.  Richard Craven, the Harbour Master and Acting Conservancy Manager, said “Sid really has taken ownership of the Emsworth part of the Harbour.

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Philip (Sid) Kennett – Left

Michael Ward – Right

 Whether that is rescuing swans, salvaging sunken vessels, or repairing the sea wall, he does so willingly and with a smile on his face. He’s a local character who is a legend in his own lifetime.”



Michael Ward joined Chichester Harbour Conservancy in 1984. Based in Itchenor, Michael is the Harbour Technician and Barge Master.  He looks after the maintenance of all the Harbour vessels, navigational marks, lights and moorings, skippers the moorings barge and is also part of the Harbour Patrol.  A long-term colleague, Hazel Blood said “Michael’s got an amazing knowledge of the AONB and takes everything in his stride. He’s a kind, considerate and respected person, with a good sense of humour, and is well liked by us all.”  Michael said “Chichester Harbour is wonderful at any time of the year, I love working here!  My favourite walk is along the beach at East Head.”


The awards were presented on 2nd July at the Annual Conference of the National Association of AONBs that took place in Winchester.  They both received a certificate and a copy of the Landscape Photographer of the Year book courtesy of Visit Britain.







13th July


Russian Recognition for Southbourne Arctic Convoy Veteran

Having received the British Artic Star in 2013, delivered by the postman, it was something of a surprise for Robin Boodle  to be invited to the Russian Embassy in Kensington Palace Gardens in June 2015, to receive two Russian WW2 honours.

Robin Boodle came to share his story with his old friends at the Southbourne Age Concern Wednesday lunch, and told them that  he was presented with the Russian 70th Anniversary Victory Medal and the Ushakov Medal, named after an Admiral that never lost in battle and was proclaimed patron saint of the Russian Navy. Robin said he had a fantastic day and was treated like royalty, even the taxi driver wouldn't take the fare when he knew where he was going and why.

Robin, who celebrated his 90th birthday in 2014, served on HMS Suffolk in 1941 and did three trips to Russia when he was 16 to 17 years old .







27th June


Work to build wall to begin

WORK to fix a crumbling wall that forced the closure of a busy footpath will finally take place.  A planning application has been submitted to replace a retaining wall in North Street, Emsworth, which was declared unsafe earlier this year.  Havant Borough Council has used its powers after being unable to find the owner of the wall.

The work should take place in September. The footpath will remain closed until then








The News 27th June 2015



25th June


Harvest celebrations with Emsworth Food Fortnight

 A PRESTIGIOUS food event with community at its heart is coming back.

All eyes were on Emsworth last autumn when it won a top national community award for volunteers’ hard work during British Food Fortnight.

This year’s event, from September 19 to October 4, will see more producers, businesses, and pubs, restaurants and cafes taking part.

Alistair Gibson, from Emsworth Business Association, said the emphasis will be on education, community and celebration.  He added: ‘We are so excited about this year’s Emsworth British Food Fortnight, we were determined to build on last year’s success and are so grateful to the partners we have been able to involve – their support will enable us to invest more in food education and awareness as well as allowing the range and breadth of events to increase.   ‘I honestly can’t wait to see Emsworth celebrating this year’s harvest’.

This year’s programme will include Hampshire Farmers’ Market, Great British Menu college lunches by local catering colleges, an apple pressing day, a community harvest festival service and workshops with schools.

The food mountain will be back with food donations through The Beacon Church.

Alexia Robinson is the founder of Love British Food. She said: ‘We were so impressed with the efforts that the Emsworth community went to in organising the inaugural Emsworth Food Fortnight last year, and national calendar. are bursting with pride to see the event now becoming a firm date on the local and

We do not underestimate the hard work that has gone into this initiative.’

The Brookfield Hotel, in Havant Road, is sponsoring Emsworth Food Fortnight.   General manager Amanda Thomas said: ‘We are so excited to share in the passion that Emsworth has in promoting our community, to live and work in. This is a real celebration of all the very best of seasonal and local produce as well as all that is great about Emsworth.  Go to www.emsworth.org.uk

The News  25th June 2015



25th June

Emsworth dad completes 100 marathons

HOTELIER Paul Sahota has become a member of an elite club – after running 100 marathons.

What makes Paul’s achievement even more amazing is that he has done the bulk of them in just one year – sometimes four in four consecutive days.

The dad-of-two, who runs The Jingles hotel in Emsworth, did not embark on his mission until 2012, when he was 43, and now, having completed the challenge he set himself, he is aiming to do 100 more.

He said: ‘It was a lifetime ambition of mine to run the London Marathon, which I did when I was 30.

‘It hurt so much I vowed I would never do another one!  But, 13 years later, I found myself doing the South Downs Marathon.   Three miles from the end I met Traviss Willcox who held the record for completing 100 marathons in the quickest time.   That’s when I discovered the 100 Marathon Club and liked their blue and yellow shirts and the medal.  I thought to myself, “I don’t know how long it’s going to take but I’m going to do it”.

In no time at all Paul was clocking up a marathon, sometimes two, at weekends.   His family – wife Beena and children Roshan and Priya – are amazed at his dedication.

Paul says: ‘I wasn’t sporty at all as a child. But I think 2012 being the Olympic year really inspired me.

 ‘I’ve done 10 doubles – Saturday and Sunday – a few triples and even four in a row. The funny thing is, I felt absolutely amazing after four on the trot.

‘But you get some marathons where just doing one makes you feel like you’re going to die.

‘My family don’t mind. Because I work from home they are happy to have me out from under their feet at weekends.’

But they were there to support Paul on Saturday when he made it to the magic 100 in the South Downs Marathon.   They were waiting for him at the finish line with a Darth Vader cake – the Star Wars character he regularly dresses as in his marathons.

He said: ‘It’s a hot and sticky costume and very hard with the mask but it puts a smile on people’s faces.’

And there is another challenge on the horizon.

‘I’m not unique,’ he said. ‘There are people who have done 1,000. I’m aiming for 200 – but not so quickly this time.


London, South Downs x 4 (West Sussex), Chichester (West Sussex), Thames Meander x 5 (Surrey), Farnham Pilgrim x 3 (Surrey), New Forest x 6 (Hampshire), Isle of Wight, Greensand (Surrey), Steyning Stinger x 2 (West Sussex), Endurance Life Sussex (East Sussex), Three Forts x 3 (West Sussex), Littledown x 2 (Dorset), Giants Head (Dorset), Salisbury x 2 (Wiltshire), Bacchus x 2 (Surrey), Clarendon (Hampshire), Beachy Head x 2 (East Sussex), A20 Path and Downs x 2 (Kent), Saxon Shore x 4 (Kent), Buff Enigma x 2 (Buckinghamshire), Buff Willen (Buckinghamshire), Viking Coastal x 7 (Kent), Martello x 2 (Kent), Enigma x 7 (Buckinghamshire), Buttons for Brathay x 2 (Kent), Brighton x 2 (East Sussex), Bewl Water (Kent), Richmond Park (Surrey), The Ox (Hampshire), Arun River (West Sussex), Summer Enigma (Hampshire), Croydon Ultra (Surrey), Ranscombe Challenge x 3 (Kent), Summer around the Reservoir (Northants), Vanguard Marathon (Surrey), Lemmings (West Sussex), Leilas Run (Hertfordshire), Kent Coastal, Tolkien (Kent), Fowlmead x 2 (Hampshire), Stevenage (Hertfordshire), Enigma Fireworks x 2 (Buckinghamshire), Phoenix (Surrey), Dymchurch x 3 (Kent), Pilgrim Challenge (Surrey), Quadzilla x 4 (Buckinghamshire), Mill Hill (London), Enigma Good Friday (Buckinghamshire), Wonderland Caucus (Kent), Richmond Park (Surrey)

The News  25th June 2015







24th June


Residents have their say on what they want to see in Emsworth

MORE cycle lanes, more free parking, a gym and an indoor swimming pool.

These are just some of the things on the wish-list for residents in Emsworth as one of the biggest surveys in recent years takes place.

It comes as the Emsworth Forum, which has about 400 members, is working with the residents’ and business association to produce a ground-breaking ‘neighbourhood plan’ that will help steer the town’s development in the coming years.

Emsworth will be the first community in the Havant borough to have a statutory masterplan, produced by the people for the people, that planners will have to consult.  The first step to producing the plan was the survey, covering a range of local issues. A total of 224 replies were received.

On transport, people wanted more parking spaces and residents-only parking, as well as improved pedestrian crossings.

The survey showed more leisure facilities were wanted, particularly for younger people. There were also calls for a new medical centre to be built in Emsworth.

And responders called for improved recycling, particularly by collecting glass separately, and for the council to empty litter bins more regularly, especially around the Mill Pond.  Concerns were raised about flooding as new housing developments are built.  People wanted space for industry, small businesses and more shops and restaurants.

The survey is now being built upon through a series of weekly meetings, where more information can be collected.  The meeting on education identified the desire for a youth festival or youth council for Emsworth.

It is hoped the plan will be ready next year.  Stephanie Elsy, who leads the forum, said: ‘It’s very exciting.

‘The meetings have been fantastic.  The passion people feel for the town is superb.’  She added: ‘It’s about us taking some responsibility for the future of the town and not just saying “it’s up to the council”.’

The final meeting, which covers transport, takes place at Emsworth Community Centre from 7pm next Wednesday.


The News 24th June 2015







23rd June

MP to lobby NHS to build new surgery in Emsworth


PRESSURE is mounting on the NHS to act now to give a town the health facilities it desperately needs.

Alan Mak, the MP for Havant, has vowed to lobby NHS Property Services at the highest level to get them to redevelop the old Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital site in North Street.  Residents have been waiting for 10 years for modern healthcare facilities since the old hospital started winding down services in 2005 until its eventual closure two years ago.   A growing population has resulted in the Emsworth Surgery being vastly overstretched – with 13,000 people on the books for a surgery that was meant for 2,000 patients.


Mr Mak said: ‘Emsworth Surgery is an outstanding local NHS practice and we must ensure that their move to a new site happens so local residents get the service they deserve.  ‘I will be working with the surgery to press the NHS on this. The former cottage hospital site is centrally located and a logical base for a new Emsworth Surgery.’

Last year the 120-year-old building was due to be auctioned off – sparking fears the site would become another housing development.

But the auction was cancelled at the eleventh hour and the NHS confirmed it was in active negotiations with a view to building a new surgery. Negotiations are ongoing, but there have been no concrete plans thus 

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rgery, said: ‘We’re delighted Alan is supporting us, and understands our concerns.   ‘Emsworth’s residents need the surgery move, and the NHS must start developing the old cottage hospital site for a new surgery facility.’

Lorraine Clode, from the Emsworth Forum, said a new surgery, together with other medical services, was needed on one site. ‘It’s a great shame to see this site vacant and also when there are patients waiting many days for an appointment,’ she said.<a href="http://ad.uk.doubleclick.net/jump/portsmouth.jp/local- future healthcare provision takes place at Emsworth Community Centre from 7pm to 9pm tomorrow.


The News 23rd June 2015




13th June


Joy as plans to move library are dropped


Hampshire County Council has made a U-turn on closing a library and moving it to a community centre.
More than 1,000 people signed a petition to stop Hampshire County Council switching Emsworth library from its own building in The Square to the back room of the centre. The council said it would have saved £30,000 a year with the move but further investigation proved work that needed to be done to the community centre to bring it up to scratch was too expensive.

Ray Cobbett, the former county councillor responsible for setting up the library in 1997, said: ‘This is very welcome news.
It’s a victory for the majority given that the council’s own survey revealed a substantial majority against it.

ay Cobbett, the former county councillor responsible for setting up the library in 1997, said: ‘This is very welcome news.
It’s a victory for the majority given that the council’s own survey revealed a substantial majority against it.
Even though they are abandoning it for financial reasons I think they’ve made the right decision.’

The library receives an average of 83 visits every hour, but costs almost £76,000 a year to run.
It was originally thought a smaller operation at the community centre would be cheaper but it has emerged that the potential costs involved outweigh the savings.

Councillor Andrew Gibson, who is in charge of culture at the council, said: ‘Emsworth Library is popular and busy and we’re committed to providing a quality service for the community which is sustainable in the long term.
‘We had been hoping that the library could move to the community association building, but over the last few weeks it has become apparent that the scale of the work involved and the costs are too great, and so we’re very disappointed to say that we’ve decided not to go any further with plans for the move.’ Cllr Gibson added: ‘The lease on the current library building runs until 2018, and it is still our intention to find a better value-for-money solution so we can maximise our resources on providing a strong, vibrant and sustainable library service, rather than on the building in which it is located.   We are determined to find a suitable long-term home for this well-loved local library, and to continue to support the excellent work of the community association.

the News 12th June 2015







19th May


The Friends of Nore Barn Woods LaunchAppeal  to complete their work to Protect the Footpath on the Southern side of the Woods

Last year the Friends of Nore Barn Woods  completed, very successfully, Phase 2 of their Shoreline Conservation Project to protect the woods from coastal erosion.      However, there is still a small length that could not be protected due to lack of funding.     This year their aim is to raise about £14k to complete  the job and they have a fantastic opportunity to win a £10,000 donation from Aviva Insurance Company.


The purpose of the new project is to extend a nearby insitu armorloc block revetment by approximately 20 metres eastwards along the foreshore. The Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP) would coordinate the work, as they are the Governmental regional authority responsible for correct design and management of shore projects. They issue tenders and appoint contractors and generally monitor the construction. Also, on completion, ESCP inspect and approve that the contractor has met specification.

Please refer to the following link https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/Project/View/1208 that fully explains the project and, with your support, what we hope to achieve.     In a nut shell, the project has to win as many votes as possible , so your help is sincerely requested.  All you have to do is follow the above link, register and then transfer all 10 votes to the FoNBW.  This is not an appeal for funds, there is no commitment what-so-ever to make a donation.






18th May


Dance away!

MORRIS dancers adorned the streets as shoppers celebrated spring.

The monthly market day in Emsworth saw three teams of Morris dancers perform and entertain the crowds.  Alistair Gibson, from Emsworth Business Association, said the event on Saturday went down well.

He said: ‘It was brilliant, absolutely fantastic, it was a really great, happy day.

The whole idea was to provide the May Day feel.

‘We ended up with three Morris dancer teams, from Wickham, Alton and Fishbourne.

‘They all brought something a little bit different – the Fishbourne group was mainly women.

‘We had good crowds and they had fun – there was lots of audience participation.’

The three troupes performed between 11am and 1pm in St Peter’s’ Square, in North Street, and at the Hampshire Farmers’ Market in South Street.  The day was held as part of the Love your Local Market 2015 fortnight, which runs from May 13 to May 27.

The News 18th May





13th May


Emsworth Valley Community Transport (EVCT) Needs Volunteers


EVCT is a charitable organisation which uses volunteers to transport those not so able to hospital/doctors’/dentists’ appointments and also takes them shopping or on visits to relatives. Our ‘customers’ live in an area roughly bounded by Emsworth, Westbourne, Nutbourne, Chidham and Prinsted. We are always on the look-out for more volunteer drivers but now we need a new secretary. For drivers, you can give as much or as little time as you can spare (even one hour a week would be a great help); for the secretary’s position we would like someone to attend 4 Committee meetings, and an AGM and a drivers’ meeting annually, and produce agendas and minutes for those meetings; in addition handle the organisation’s correspondence – this position is vacant now. If you can help us in anyway, please contact Mike Hancock on 01243 375430 or via email mike.hancock619@googlemail.com  Thank you.



30th April


Comedian Hugh Dennis praises Emsworth for raising £15,000

COMEDIAN Hugh Dennis thanked the Emsworth community for raising more than £15,000 for Comic Relief.

The television star today (April 29) received a cheque for £15,000 on behalf of the charity and praised the community for their efforts in becoming the UK’s first ever ‘Red Nose Town’.

“The amount you raised is enough to vaccinate over three and a half thousand children in Africa, against deadly childhood diseases,” he said.

 “Or, it could pay for a years’ worth of home-visits - friendship, company and support for 75 isolated older people in the UK.

 “Your weekend of silliness, revelry and generosity really will touch and transform many lives, providing of course, we can find a way to get this out sized cardboard cheque through the cashier’s window. Emsworth - thank you.”

Alistair Gibson from the organising committee said the event would ‘live long in the memory of Emsworth. It was a truly amazing weekend with the most wonderful community spirit.

“Our thanks to all those who sponsored and supported the weekend.”



Chichester Observer 29th April




28th April


Work to Remove the Emsworth Gasholder to begin in May

The current gas holder, built in 1934, is to be dismantled by Southern Gas Networks and could eventually make way for new development. The one-acre site, off Palmers Road, has had gas holders ever since 1853 when The Emsworth Gas and Coke Company was formed to provide gas to people in Emsworth.  It has always been a bit of a talking point in Emsworth – with some loving its striking look and others seeing it as an ugly eyesore on the skyline.

Major investment in the gas transmission and distribution network has resulted in changes to the way we store gas. Gas previously stored in holder tanks is now more effectively stored underground in the pipe network.
The majority of holders in the UK are no longer operational — the tank structures serve no operational purpose. The older the redundant holder gets, the more maintenance will be required to keep the structure safe and in a visually acceptable condition. It's therefore not a sustainable option for us to continue to maintain ageing gas holders.

Southern Gas Networks have written to local residents informing them of the schedule of works to remove the gas holder:

Mid May

Start Dewatering holder tank(duration five months)


Mechanical de-construction





The work will involve taking the holder structure down and leaving the ground where it currently sits level. SGN will not be excavating the land beneath.

Specialist de-construction contractors have been appointed that meet all health, safety, environmental and technical requirements set out in our tender process. An SGN project engineer will provide daily management of the entire project.

It is anticipated that very little initial impact from this project on the local community. For the first five months SGN will be removing water from the holder tank, quiet operation with a minimum of site movement.

Mechanical de-construction will follow in October. The structure will be dismantled piece by piece and removed from site within restricted time zones. We will have a traffic management plan in place to ensure lorry movements are kept to a minimum and that vehicles leaving site are clean - not taking mud and debris onto the surrounding roads. Noise levels will be closely monitored and restricted hours of work will apply.  There is no planned requirement for weekend work


SGN have no current plans for the sale or re-development of this site, there is essential equipment at the rear of the site that will remain fully operational and will continue to be remotely monitored with operational visits as required.

For further information contact Ian M Fewster Project Engineer Holder Demolition E. lets.chat@sgn.co.uk





27th April


Emsworth Museum gallery to take name of much-loved historian Linda Newell



A NEW gallery at a museum will be named after a much-loved historian who died suddenly.

Warm tributes have been paid to Linda Newell, who was the administrator at Emsworth Museum for the past nine years.

Linda died at home earlier this month at the age of 64 – just three months before her planned retirement when she was looking forward to doing more travelling and historical research.

Tony Stimson, chairman of Emsworth Maritime & Historical Trust, said: ‘It was a great shock and sadness to us all to learn of the sudden and tragic death of Linda on April 1.

 ‘In addition to her work caring for and displaying the artefacts in the museum, Linda made a considerable contribution to the trust with her summer guided walks round Emsworth, her winter talks in the community centre on a variety of subjects, and the mounting of exhibitions.’

He said her research on the people, businesses, buildings and events in Emsworth led to the museum being awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. ‘Linda always sought to promote the museum with the general public and worked hard to attract visitors,’ said Mr Stimson.

‘The sadness of Linda’s death is accentuated as she died just three months before her planned retirement at the end of June and she had many plans for travel and carrying on with her historical research work which was her primary interest and passion. All these plans, sadly, she was unable to fulfil.’

She was one of first on board with the original Emsworth Food Festival and was secretary of Emsworth Business Association.

Mr Stimson said: ‘In recognition of Linda’s service to the trust, the committee has decided that the new Oyster Gallery in the museum, set up in conjunction with the HLF funded Emsworth Oyster Project, will now be known as The Linda Newell Oyster Gallery.

‘We have a Book of Condolence open for all to sign at the museum in North Street.’

Linda’s funeral service takes place tomorrow at St James’ Church in Emsworth at 10.15am.



The News 27th April





23rd April


Once again the Sun Shone on the Annual St George's Day parade in Emsworth

The day began with the George Regis Jazz Band playing in The Square to the several thousand people packed the centre of Emsworth this morning to watch the parade of men and women from 12 Regt Royal Artillery based on nearby Thorney Island.  This year was a special occasion as it was marked by the presentation the Emsworth-Imjin Rose  to the fifty men on parade of the170 (IMJIN) Battery, 12 Regiment Royal Artillery.  ‘The Battle of Imjin River is where the Battery holds its battle honour from. The battle took place on 23, 24 and 25 April 1951.  It is from this action that the Battery still wears the US Presidential Citation, a blue ribbon on uniforms, which was awarded to the Battery by President Truman in 1954. It was  therefore fitting that the re-formation parade was on the anniversary of the first actions at the Battle of Imjin River.  (A transcript of the presidential Citation can be downloaded HERE)

The  parade through the town by the soldiers of 12 Regiment Royal Artillery were accompanied military band of the Royal Artillery, by Veterans from WW2, the Korean War, Malaya, Borneo and Aden together with pupils from Thorney Island Primary School, some of whom assisted with the distribution of the Imjin Roses.

Organiser, Brendan Gibb-Gray, said,  it's a great community event: It's for all residents, visitors, it costs absolutely nothing but it's a wonderful way of showing our combined appreciation for the people who do the hard work for us at times in Afghanistan and Iraq and other places like that."

Among those celebrating St George’s Day was Michelle Pascoe, a former Royal Navy physical training instructor who runs the cafe at Emsworth railway station  She said,  "I’m so proud today. It’s Great Britain - and it is great!" - a sentiment that was shared by the residents  and visitors in the town today.






23rd April


Career Change is Icing on the Cake for Local Teacher

Earlier this year, Emsworth teacher Valerie Heritage swapped 15 years in the classroom for the kitchen, after retiring from teaching to become a full-time cake maker and decorator.  Val, a former Head of English and Special Educational Needs teacher at Cowplain Community School, decided just before Christmas that it was time for a change and founded Valerie Jane Cakes.  “I had always enjoyed making cakes for family and friends and took special pride in making my sons’ birthday cakes each year.” she said.  “A number of people suggested I should do it full time, and when I realised they weren’t joking I thought, ‘Why not?’”

Val’s preparations included attending a number of decorating courses to enable her to put finishing touches to her designs, including intricate sugar-paste flowers and figurines.  It also included a food safety course, resulting in a home kitchen inspection and subsequent five-star bill of health from Havant Council’s food hygiene team.  Preparations also included a lesson in start-up principles from a local bank.


She is therefore able to offer clients a bespoke “cake consultation” at her home in Emsworth and freely admits that cake planning in the kitchen (with samples) is very different to lesson planning in the classroom!  The business goes from strength to strength, receiving orders from a client as far afield as the United States, for delivery to his mother’s  birthday party in Old Windsor.

Val’ is committed to using local produce, where possible.  She shops for all of her ingredients in Emsworth.  “I prefer to use small, local  businesses where possible, as  I believe it is important to keep our beautiful harbour town thriving and trading.  I especially like using the local fruit and veg’ shop for all of the fruit that goes into my cakes; the quality is far superior to a lot of big supermarket produce.” She explains.


Valerie Jane Cakes recently applied for a Havant Borough Council Business and Social Enterprise Start-up Grant, which, if successful, will be used for a marketing campaign to boost sales throughout the local area.  For more information, or to see a full portfolio of wedding, birthday and other celebration cakes, see the Valerie Jane Cakes website at valeriejanecakes.co.uk.








14th April


Community comes together for annual St George’s Day Parade Thursday 23rd April


The community of Emsworth will once again be celebrating St. George’s Day with its annual parade. Emsworthians are rightly proud of their military neighbours on Thorney Island and St George’s Day gives residents and visitors the opportunity to show their gratitude to the men and women of our armed services for their unstinting dedication to duty and bravery under fire in extremely hostile conditions in Afghanistan and Iraq. As an example Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey, a Hampshire man, has become only the third soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross for outstanding bravery in Afghanistan.

Of course this year also has a special significance with the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, with national celebrations scheduled in May commemorating VE Day, “one of the most pivotal moments in our nation’s proud history,” according to David Cameron. For Emsworth it also has particular significance with the reformation of the Imjin Battery (now part of 12 Regiment based at Thorney Island) and its links with the Korean War. The Imjin Rose also known as the Emsworth Rose will be presented to the Imjin Battery and all the veterans marching in the parade. The Emsworth Rose honours the soldiers who fought in the Battle of Imjin River in the often forgotten Korean War. This battle was a valiant rearguard action to halt the Chinese and North Korean army and was concluded on St George’s Day 1951.

The parade will start at 10.30am with Veterans from various conflicts going back more than 60 years marching with 12 Regiment Royal Artillery and military band of the Royal Artillery through Emsworth. Children will also accompany the parade from Thorney Island Primary School and Emsworth Primary. It will culminate in St Peters’ Square in front of the Mayor of Havant, Cllr Marjorie Smallcorn and the Commanding Officer of 12 Regiment Royal Artillery.

Entertainment will include the George Regis Jazz Band and there will be a street collection on behalf of local branches of SSAFA.


A large crowd is expected to support this real community event and the organisers – The Emsworth Business Association – are grateful for the support of Havant Borough Council and Hampshire County Council, both who have contributed greatly to the staging of this year’s parade.   www.stgeo.emsworthhants.org.uk

Roads in Central Emsworth will be closed to motor traffic between 1015 and 1145 to allow the parade to take place in safety.







14th April



Westbourne Community orchard - first meeting

The first meeting of the group setting up a community orchard on the Emsworth/Westbourne border is on Tuesday 21 April, 7.30pm at The Meeting Place, North Street, Westbourne.  The orchard will be on the public open space next to the Redlands Grange housing development, and will grow traditional varieties. Residents will be able to sponsor trees.

Anyone who can be part of the 'core' team running the project is asked to attend.  The project needs people with all kinds of skills. Maybe you're a good organiser or can keep on top of a bit of admin. Maybe you know something about planting trees, or making cider. Maybe you have good web skills. Or maybe you just have some spare time.

The project was launched last month by Greening Westbourne, the local environmental group.

More info: greeningwestbourne@hotmail.co.uk  or search Greening Westbourne online



8th April


 Come aboard and see the sites!


Chichester Harbour Conservancy is holding two open days to promote the beautiful and accessible moorings available to let in Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Guests will have the chance to go aboard Regnum IV the Conservancy’s specialist moorings barge and learn about the equipment and expertise involved in making and maintaining safe and secure moorings.  The Patrol team will be on hand to take guests out to experience the beautiful surroundings of the available moorings and to explain the great range of services that make their moorings so attractive.  Also, special one-off discounts on mooring charges will be available on the day.


The two open days will take place in Itchenor on Saturday 18th April, 1000-1400 and in Emsworth on Saturday 2nd May, 1000-1300.  Please contact Phil Walker on 01243 512301 or phil@conservancy.co.uk  for further information or to register your interest.





5th April


Christians Together Mark the beginning of Easter Day

Over 200 Christians Together In Emsworth gathered on the Emsworth foreshore near Nore Barn Woods at 6am for the Easter Sunrise Service that has taken place for well over 30 years now. After the service of hymns, readings, reflection and prayers, fish cooked on the Easter fire was served with bread and coffee. 















4th April



Tributes to historian


A COMMUNITY has been left in shock after the sudden death of a local historian.

Linda Newell, curator of the Emsworth museum, was found dead at her home in Emsworth. She was 65.


The St George’s Flag in the centre of Emsworth is flying at half mast this weekend in tribute to Linda’s contribution to the town.

The town’s councillor, Brendan Gibb-Gray, said she was ‘the driving force’ behind the success of the museum.

He said: ‘She had been ill for a couple of weeks, but no-one thought it was serious.

‘I don’t think the causes are known. It’s very sad and very sudden.

‘She was, in many ways, the museum. She was the archivist and researcher. When it came to Emsworth, she was the expert.’


Linda had worked as a tourism officer for Havant Borough Council.

The News 4th April




3rd April


Villagers take part in traditional Good Friday Walks


Christians in Westbourne, near Emsworth, walked through the village on Good Friday with a large wooden cross, continuing a longstanding local Easter tradition.


The villagers, from St John's parish church, met at the top of Monk's Hill and walked down to the village square, stopping for readings and hymns along the way. About 30 people took part, ending the walk at the church and then enjoying coffee and hot cross buns.


Rector Rev Frank Wright said: "All our relationships, including that with God, can be expressed as a journey or walk together, facing all that life offers, the pleasure and the pain.  The last walk of Jesus  from prison to the place of execution marks God's close involvement with humanity and God's travelling with us through it all.  On Good Friday morning, walking from the edge of the village to its heart we try to feel that."









Meanwhile in Emsworth..............



Christians Together in Emsworth held their annual Good Friday Walk of Witness around the 5 churches of Emsworth . A short service was held at each church on the route -  Ss Thomas Catholic, Emsworth Baptist, St James Anglican, Waterside URC and finally Methodist in Emsworth Square.  Starting at 9:30, the whole  event took two and half hours finishing with a soup lunch in the Methodist Pastoral Centre.


 Despite the damp conditions, there were  150 people on the the walk at one point to give witness to the true meaning of Good Friday to the people of Emsworth.











2nd April


Westbourne Community orchard project launched March 2015

A community orchard on the Emsworth/Westbourne border was launched on Sunday at a cider-tasting evening.  More than 30 people gathered to launch the project to set up an orchard on new public open space next to the Redlands Grange housing development in Emsworth.

The idea of the project is to help preserve traditional fruit varieties, provide local environmentally-friendly produce and help residents get a bit closer to the earth. Organisers Greening Westbourne, a local climate change action group, are hoping it will be a joint project to benefit both communities. The plan is to get trees sponsored by local people – maybe in remembrance of a loved one, or to celebrate a birth.

The event was hosted by the White Horse inn in Westbourne, and included a cider-tasting competition. Residents are being encouraged to attend the first meeting of an orchard steering group at 7.30pm on 21 April, at the Meeting Place in North Street, Westbourne.

Greening Westbourne chair Colin Carré said: "It was great to meet people interested in the idea, celebrate the launch and have some fun. We now need to form a team to run the project, get fundraising and get down to work. Anyone with useful skills is very welcome to join the 'core' team.

"We'd love to hear from anyone who is a good organiser, or who can keep on top of a bit of admin, or who has experience of fundraising. Maybe they know something about planting trees, or making cider, or have good web skills."

To contact the project organisers, residents can email greeningwestbourne@hotmail.co.uk For more information they can search Greening Westbourne online.




23rd March



Emsworth - the UK's First Ever Red Nose Town raises £15,000!

From an idea originally thought of by WemsFest, Comic Relief granted Emsworth the mantle of being the UK’s first ever ‘Red Nose Town’ and the we - the community of Emsworth fully embraced the title.


Over an amazing weekend of events, the town raised in excess of £15,000 for the charity.

The pretty coastal town of Emsworth has always had a strong sense of community and the partnership of WemsFest and the Emsworth Business Association came up with three days of activities and events designed to appeal to and involve as many different elements of the population as possible. From Comedy Workshops in local primary schools to a Red Nose Fashion Show at The Deck Café, and so much in between, there was literally something for all ages.

It seemed that everyone got involved with the fund raising, Emsworth Fire Station set off on a static cycle to John O’Groats (while the fire crew at John O’Groats retuned the favour and static cycled to Emsworth in all probability not having heard of it before!) while members of staff at the Emsworth Southern Co-operative branch ‘rowed’ to the BBC Centre in London.


Many local businesses renamed themselves over the weekend: the award-winning Fat Olives restaurant became ‘Red Olives’ and there were many others including ‘The Redhouse Café’ (Greenhouse), ‘The Blue Nose Inn’ (Blue Bell), ‘The Red Box’ (Gift Box), ‘Nose Print’ (Key Print), ‘Cheese & ChutNOSE’ (Cheese & Chutney) and ‘Sausage Relief’ (H. H Treagust & Sons butchers).

A Silent Disco in the town’s main square on Red Nose day itself took place under the gaze of one of 4 huge red noses, kindly donated by Jago developments, which appeared in Emsworth over the weekend. Attended by some 250 people, most in fancy dress, it was quite simply the craziest, most bonkers event that has ever taken place in Emsworth.

On Mothering Sunday ‘Pennies Across the Millpond’ linking the Emsworth and Slipper Sailing Clubs with coins was so successful that the organisers managed to do it twice! A ‘Red Nose Duck Race’ saw Red Noses bobbing down the River Ems with many cries of ‘follow that nose!”

Laughter was certainly the order of the weekend from 3 successful Comedy Clubs to the ‘Young Gigglers Saturday Market’ involving the local schools, Emsworth spent 3 days enjoying itself and in the process raised in excess of £15,000 from small donations to some truly heroic fund raising, it all counted!


Emma Freud, director of Red Nose followed events closely and tweeted when the final amount was announced:

“Emsworth, Comic Relief salutes you and every single fabulous citizen in your town


Source: Emsworth Business Association






15th March


Images of Emsworth, the UK's First Red Nose Town 13th-14th March 2015 HERE


13th March


Emsworth Red Nose Town Weekend gets off to a Cracking Start


The "Silent Disco" in the Square was packed and live on the BBC's  South Today evening News View the Video



 Thousands of you have been out and about today, donning red noses, pulling funny faces and raising vital cash for Comic Relief. And nowhere has joined in the fun more than the residents of Emsworth, which has been officially called the UK's first Red Nose Town. This evening Tom Hepworth turned up for the party and a silent disco was in full swing.





28th February




Cottage hospital will make way for new modern centre


Modern health facilities are finally on the way to Emsworth. The empty 117-year-old Victoria Cottage Hospital is set to be demolished to make way for a state-of-the-art health centre.

Doctors at Emsworth Surgery have confirmed that NHS Property Services, which owns the historic site, is committed to building a new health facility.The Surgery, which occupies a cramped building in North Street.

Jim Strudwick, chairman of Emsworth and Westbourne patient participation group, said: ‘The Emsworth and Westbourne Surgeries are working under considerable strain with a dramatic increase, in the present period of winter illness, for doctor consultations in person and by telephone.

‘The situation is made worse by staff illness and working in premises which are quite unsuitable for the patient numbers, in a building which was approved for 2,000 patients, there being now over 13,000 on the register.

‘However, there is now hope of better premises being developed on the old Emsworth Cottage Hospital site.

‘At a recent meeting of interested local organisations, Dr Abu Chinwala, a partner involved in negotiations with the Hampshire subsidiary of NHS property services, Community Health Partnership, it was stated that they had appointed a project manager to oversee a new health centre of a suitable size for present and future needs and that the Emsworth partners had also appointed their own project manager to assist with their interests in the new building specification.’


The News 28th February






25th February



Weekly Arts and Craft Market at Emsworth Methodist and Pastoral Centre


Shelley’s Creative Arts and Craft Market opens its doors again on Friday 6th March for its fourth year at the Emsworth Methodist Church and Pastoral Centre situated in the Square in Emsworth.

The craft market which first opened in March 2012 has continued to provide a  platform for local talented crafts people to sell a range of quality arts and crafts to local people living in and around Emsworth as well as to visitors to the area.

The market offers a variety of stalls, some offering independent workshops bookable with the individual stallholders themselves. The Arts & Craft Market is mainly open every Friday from 1pm until 4pm but now will open on the third Saturday of each month from 10am until 2pm. Entrance is free.

Since Christmas, the Stall holders have been busily creating new products for sale and all will be offering a new range in their collection. Shelley Price, who has always enjoyed creating arts and crafts with a particular passion for photography, said that this is an ideal opportunity for people to buy a unique gift.

We have a number of regular stalls offering a variety of products including pastel art, photographic art, jewellery, greetings cards, acrylic painted accessories, wood craft, edible treats and wool craft. We also have other visiting stalls when available so please note that the range of stalls can vary each week.

We are always  looking for a new craft to join us so if you are a local arts or crafts person and would like more information or are thinking of renting a stall then please contact Shelley to discuss on 07812 938719, or by email to shelley@shelleyscreativearts.co.uk.

Do come along and join us, we would love to see you. Also please check out our Facebook page, ShelleysCreativeArts, or visit the web page www.shelleyscreativearts.co.uk   for more updates.





17th February


 More volunteers needed to complete Emsworth footpath  


More volunteers are still needed to complete work on a popular footpath in Emsworth.  The footpath connects the Havant road, opposite Selangor Avenue, to Nore Barn Woods and Chichester Harbour.  The path has been neglected for many years becoming overgrown and the surface badly eroded and exceptionally wet and muddy after heavy rain fall.  For several months a small group of volunteers have been clearing the vegetation and resurfacing a section of the path.


A four day task last week saw 80 volunteers from Friends of Chichester Harbour, the Environment Agency, Chichester Conservation Volunteers and Havant Borough Council pull together to improve the southern section of the path . This huge effort was co-ordinated by Chichester Harbour Conservancy and the nearby Brookfield Hotel also showed its support by allowing volunteers to meet and store items at the hotel, and to use its toilet facilities.


In order to return the Path to its former glory the owners are encouraging participation by local residents who may be interested in contributing their time. If you would like to help complete the work needed to complete the improvements to the path please email: E mail selangorpath@yahoo.com













17th February


Free cider tasting event to launch community orchard


A community orchard on the Emsworth/Westbourne border is to be launched with a free cider tasting event on Sunday 29 March.


The event is at 7pm at the White Horse in Westbourne's village square.


Free cheese and sausages will be available, along with more information about the project. Local people who can offer their time or skills will be able to join a steering group to get it under way.


The community orchard, planned for new public open space next to the Redlands Grange housing development, is designed to help preserve traditional fruit varieties, provide local environmentally-friendly produce and help residents get a bit closer to the earth.


Organisers Greening Westbourne, a local climate change action group, are hoping it will be a joint project with volunteers from both communities.


The plan is to get trees sponsored by local people – maybe in remembrance of a loved one, or to celebrate a birth. 


Anyone interested in the project can also come to Greening Westbourne's next meeting, at 7.30pm on Tuesday 3 March at the Meeting Place in North Street, Westbourne.

Or they can attend a drop-in event at Westbourne Parish Hall about the public open space, between 2.30pm and 6pm on Saturday 14 March.

Greening Westbourne chair Colin Carré said: "We've been working on this with Havant Borough Council and the site developers Bloor Homes and Bellway Homes, and it's great that we've got the go-ahead. Now we have the challenge of making it happen.


"We need local people to form a 'core team' – a support group to run the project. We'd love to hear from anyone who is a good organiser, or who can keep on top of a bit of admin, or who has experience of fundraising. Maybe they know something about planting trees, or making cider, or have good web skills.


"It would be great if they could come to one of these events and pledge their support." 
To contact the campaign, residents can email 
greeningwestbourne@hotmail.co.uk  For more information they can search Greening Westbourne online.






6th February


Emsworth Arts Trail 2015 - Bigger and Brighter than Ever Before!


This year’s Emsworth Arts Trail is set to be bigger and brighter than ever. Over 150 local artists will showcase their work at fifty-five venues during the last weekend in April and first in May, in an event that will bring creativity to every corner of the village.


“Now in its 14th year, the trail continues to grow in stature and importance to the village”, explains Carol Price, chairman of The Emsworth Arts Trail.  “What’s unique about our Trail is that it’s a walking trail; this enables visitors to really appreciate our picturesque coastal village while visiting all the different venues.”


Emsworth Arts Trail offers the chance to see and meet designers, painters and makers in their own homes and studios. In addition, churches, community halls, pubs, sailing clubs and shops will act as exhibition spaces, turning the whole town into a hive of creativity.


The event runs on the two weekends of 25th – 26th April and 2nd, 3rd, 4th May 2015.


For more information and a copy of the trail guide visit www.emsworthartstrail.org.uk




















3rd February




Competition Time at Sue Foster Interiors!


Sue Foster Interiors are giving away the items in their window display! 

The winner will receive the following –


1.7m Paddington Print Fabric

1.7m Pippin Spot Red Fabric

1.0m Pippin Stripe Blue Fabric

1.0m Pom Pom Trim

1 x Hand crafted Lampshade

3 x Hand made Cushions


PLUS a £200 voucher towards making an item of your choice from these beautiful Jane Churchill fabrics.


To be entered into the free competition please pop into the showroom at 51 High Street, Emsworth between 9-21st February 2015 and fill out a postcard with your details, or like and share their page on Facebook. 


The winner will be drawn on Monday 23rd February.












28th January



The Richmond Arms scoops national business innovation award


Sussex pub that has found a novel way to extend its food offer has won a leading industry business innovation award. The Richmond Arms, in West Ashling near Emsworth. has been named winner of Business Innovation of the Year at the Budweiser Budvar Top 50 Gastropub Awards 2015. It won the award for WoodFired, which offers a range of wood-fired pizzas and small plates cooked from a converted van in the pub’s car park.

 The pub, which is owned by William and Emma Jack, picked up the honour at a special awards lunch held at Hermitage Rd in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, on Monday (26 January). It overcame four other finalists to win the award.


Organised by leading pub industry magazine the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, the Budweiser Budvar Top 50 Gastropub Awards are judged by pub guide editors and business journalists.  The awards were hosted by BBC Two Food & Drink presenter and two-Michelin starred chef Tom Kerridge.  The Sportsman, in Seasalter, Kent, was crowned Budweiser Budvar Top 50 Gastropub of the Year.


After purchasing the Richmond Arms in 2011, William and Emma Jack built up a steady trade in its 40-cover dining area, but there was limited space for locals and walk-ins.  With an interest in the growing street food trend, and with experience in using wood-fired ovens before, the couple decided to invest in an old Citroen H Van from which to cook the wood-fired pizzas.  Additionally, a skittles alley was converted into a family-friendly bar and branded up as WoodFired, creating space for an extra 50 covers.


Jo Bruce, managing editor at the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, said: “William and Emma have come up with a fantastic idea to boost sales, and they fully deserve to win Business Innovation of the Year.

 “More innovation is to come this year with the arrival of a new mobile food van, which will serve the nearby town of Bosham.”






0th January




Emsworth library - Move to the Community Centre Approved


On Monday (19th January) the Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside,  Councillor Keith Chapman, agreed that Emsworth library will move  from its current location in Emsworth to the Emsworth Community Association building in Emsworth before the lease on the current library building expires in 2018.


Hampshire County Council's public consultation about the money-saving proposals held last summer, showed 307 people against the move and 142 in favour. More than 1,000 people signed a petition, calling for the library to stay put.


It is reported that the new location will see the library move into a bright and welcoming building with high ceilings and large windows, nearer to the local shops, car parking, a new residential development, Emsworth museum and a new doctor's surgery.

Councillor Keith Chapman, Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside at Hampshire County Council, who made the decision on 19 January said:

"Our aim is to establish a vibrant, strong Library Service that's at the heart of the community and fit for the next generation. It is also vital that the Library Service is set up in a way that is financially resilient against a backdrop of continued Government financial reductions.

"Moving libraries out of stand alone buildings into larger community buildings where costs can be shared is an effective way of making budget savings without impacting on the service. This move will not only mean that the Library Service can continue here but also that it can develop as a community hub, opening up possibilities for new events, activities and facilities, to best serve all the residents of Emsworth."

The move is as an opportunity to install new self service equipment so opening hours can be increased, and to buy a wide range of new books and resources for the library.

Hampshire CC is now to seek a new use of the existing facility.







20th January


Emsworth and District 28, A New Service


Due to cutbacks the current timetable has changed and this has left a lot of our community without regular bus services. Emsworth & District have come to the rescue by providing customers  with a new 28, 28A service along with thecurrent commercial services 36, 300.  These will run WITHOUT financial assistance from the County. 



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13th January




Community Christmas Day in Emsworth

Christmas Day at Hewitt’s in South Street, Emsworth had a real party atmosphere as 37 guests and volunteers arrived for a day of festive celebration. The aim of the free event was to offer friendship, entertainment and a wonderful Christmas meal to people in the local community who otherwise would have been on their own for the day, including the elderly and some for whom a family gathering was just not possible.


Throughout the day guests were offered home made Christmas cake, mince pies, traditional Christmas dinner & delicious desserts all generously donated by local residents and businesses. As well as the fantastic food, participants sang Christmas carols supported by members of Emsworth Village Voices, took part in a seasonal quiz, bingo and enjoyed an airing of the Queen’s Speech. To end the day Father Christmas visited and gave out gift boxes created by the generosity of the Daisy Chain nursery.


The organizers are grateful to so many local residents and businesses for their support and generous donations including Waitrose (Havant), the Co-Op (Emsworth), Emsworth Residents Association, Emma @ The Cheese and Chutney shop, Starr’s Butchers, Emsworth Home Hardware, Alistair Gibson of Heritage Cellars, the staff at St James’s Primary School, Jo @ Beek-a-Boo Moves, Ems Valley U3A, Ann Wallbridge, Ann Powell and Miggi Mitchell who each made an amazing Christmas cake for the day, David, Manager of Hewitt’s @ Emsworth, Debbie Lyall of The Right To Work and Giles Babb of The Bluebell Inn.


And huge thanks to the merry band of volunteers who worked tirelessly to ensure the day ran as smoothly as possible and a special thank you to the two volunteer cooks, Suzanne and Christine, who produced such a splendid Christmas dinner enjoyed by all.


After such a successful start to the Community Christmas Day in 2014 the organizers are hoping to offer the local community an even larger event for 2015 and will be recruiting for volunteers and support later in the year.






13th January




Jean Tier, the Community Association  trustee managing the initial phase of the project To re-locate the library in the Community Centre outlined the current position at a meeting on Friday evening, 9th January.

It is very unlikely that Hampshire County Council will renew lease on Nile Street in 2018 and it has become clear to the committee that if a space for the library in the community centre is not provided, there will probably be no library at all in Emsworth after 2018 and therefor the committee agree in principal  to  re-locating the library to the Community Centre.

The library is likely to be sited in the lounge and half of the assembly room with book shelves round the walls and some shelves on wheels in the middle. However, this will contingent on a satisfactory survey paying particular attention to the strength of the floor in the room.  Opening hours are likely to be the same as now: 6 mornings, 2 afternoons and one evening.  Community Centre users will be able to use the space at other times: i.e. Sunday morning, 5 afternoons and 6 evenings, with the wheeled shelving moving into the lounge or store room.     A new, sound proof partition and new door into the library will be provided so groups using the east half of the assembly rooms will not be disturbed.    In addition, HCC has offered to install windows in the Mountford rooms in order to make these more attractive for us and the trustees are happy to accept this offer.

It seems likely that Cllr Chapman will recommend moving the library to the community centre at his decision day on 19th January, subject to satisfactory outcome of our ongoing negotiations.





6th January




Blue Bell landlord Giles Babb & Alan Mak  Launch Next Generation Network


Launching on Thurs 29 Jan 2015, the Next Generation Network will, for the first time, bring together young professionals & business owners in Emsworth and beyond aged 25-40 to network, accelerate their careers, and do good in the community.

Giles Babb, Landlord of the Blue Bell on South Street, is working with Conservative Party MP Candidate for Havant, Alan Mak to launch a ground-breaking new networking group for local young & mid-career professionals and entrepreneurs later this month. 

Mak’s Next Generation Network (NGN), backed by local business leaders, launches with a complimentary drinks reception on Thursday 29 January 2015 at the Wheelwright’s Arms in central Havant. Award-winning international businesswoman and social entrepreneur Kate Robertson, Global Co-President of advertising network Havas Worldwide, will be the keynote speaker. 

The NGN will focus on 25-40 year olds, and help them accelerate their careers through cross-sector networking and TED-style talks by inspirational figures. Mak also wants to encourage NGN members to get involved in public life, for example through charitable work, volunteering as school governors and charity trustees, and standing as local councilors.

Local support is already high: two young local entrepreneurs inspired by Alan Mak’s idea will Co-Chair the NGN – Giles Babb, 30, Landlord of Emsworth’s Blue Bell pub and Chairman of the Emsworth Business Association; and Tim Pike, 39, Managing Director of Hayling-based Northney Ice Cream.

Alan Mak, Founder of the Havant Next Generation Network, said,Local residents selected me to secure Havant’s future and helping our young people build their careers and encouraging them to contribute to our community is key. I hope the Next Generation Network nurtures not just our future business leaders and senior professionals but our future school governors, charity trustees and local councilors too. The Network’s local potential in Emsworth and beyond is huge.”

Giles Babb, Landlord of the Blue Bell Inn, Emsworth, and Next Generation Network Co-Chairman, said:Alan’s Next Generation Network is great news for Emsworth’s future, and for local young professionals and business owners like myself. I’m inspired by the Network’s potential, and the hugely positive response we’ve received locally. Local residents chose Alan as their MP candidate to bring energy and vision to Havant, and he’s doing just that.”

The NGN is open to all young & mid-career professionals and business owners living or working in Emsworth and across the Havant constituency aged (roughly) 25-40, regardless of their political affiliation or voting intention (if any). There is no charge to attend the first two introductory events (29 January and March 2015), but prior online application for tickets by 27 Jan 2015 is vital.

Ticket application for the launch reception – and news about future events – is available at: www.NextGenerationNetwork.co.uk

HYPERLINK "img297.jpg"You can find out more about Alan and keep up-to-date on his work in Emsworth and around Havant on website: www.AlanMak.org.uk. Or follow him on Twitter: @AlanMak4MP  and Facebook www.Facebook.com/AlanMakHavant 







5th January


Formal unveiling of library plan

It is still unclear exactly what form the revised proposals for the relo­cation of Emsworth's library from St Peter's Square to the Community Centre off North Street would take, but the Emsworth Commu­nity Association (ECA) — which runs the cen­tre — is due to hold a 'members and supporters evening' this month (on 9 January at 6.3opm), when revisions will be unveiled.

But a feasibility study dated 18 Novem­ber — put together by HCC Property Services, part of Hampshire County Council (HCC), and showing the library securely sited in the assembly rooms area of the centre — gives some indication of ECA/HCC thinking.

Shortly before the study was released, an ECA spokeswoman told Shorelines that, "It is likely that the assembly room and lounge may be where the library ends up, but we still have further work to do before we can be sure of anything."

Meanwhile, at the end of November HCC released the results of its public consultation on the relocation proposals, which revealed that more than 6o per cent of respondents were against the move.

However, many in Emsworth have long doubted the value of the consultation, and think the move will happen regardless. A recent statement by councillor Keith Chap­man — the HCC executive member for culture and recreation offers them little comfort.

"Moving Emsworth library from a lease­hold building into the Community Centre will help secure the library's future and save around £30,000 each year," he told the Chichester Observer when the consultation results were released. "We are not in a posi­tion where we can afford to ignore this saving."

Question marks remain, even if the reloca­tion goes ahead, over access to the site on North Street, not least about the recurrent flooding of the underpass by the roundabout on the A259.


5th January 2015 Source: Martin Shelly, Shorelines    





5th January



Residents in Westbourne shredded 120 Christmas trees during their annual recycling event in the village square on Sunday.

The event, run by local environmental group the Greening Westbourne Campaign, also collected Christmas cards for recycling. It has become a fixture in the calendar of the West Sussex village, near Emsworth. Chippings from trees are used on local allotments.

Greening Westbourne chair Colin Carré said: "We had a fantastic turnout this year. People drop their trees off and stop for some mulled wine and mince pies. It's a fun community event but it fits with our goal of helping people to do small things locally to combat climate change. Recycling is good and doing it locally means fewer vehicle journeys."

Greening Westbourne also organises events such as a family fun bike ride, and plans to plant a community orchard this year.

The tree shredding was performed for free by village tree specialists Michael Reed & Co.

Residents also took part in a competition to guess the number of trees recycled, to win a free tree for next Christmas donated by Rowlands Home Hardware.

Anyone interested in the campaign, and joining the community orchard project, can contact the campaign on greeningwestbourne@hotmail.co.uk or search Greening Westbourne online.








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